Using WordPress Plugins to Enhance the User Experience
It is more important than ever to have a fast website. If visitors come to your site and pages load too slowly, that poor user experience will likely mean that users do not come back to your website. The wrong or outdated plugins can slow down and hinder your website’s performance. As our partner WPengine expresses in this blog choosing the right plugins can be a daunting task, but not to worry they have selected a list of plugins for website optimization as well as best practices to follow.
WordPress (WP) plugins are becoming increasingly popular. They are continually creating new plugins to help users customize their websites in order to improve user engagement. Did you know that there are 60,000 plugins available in the WP repository? With so many plugins available it is hard to know which plugins are right for optimizing your WP website.
Best Practices for Website Optimization
- Images – while the right image can bring users to your site, having the right file size, type of file (.jpg or .png) and the correct image dimensions are crucial for loading time.
- WP Theme – do not pick a complicated theme for your website. Clean and Simple themes provide the best user experience.
- Hosting – it is essential to use a hosting provider that has the specialized tools to host your WP site. WPengine is an excellent WordPress hosting provider and is our top pick.
- Plugins – while plugins are a key to the functionality of your WP site too many plugins can slow your site down. Choose only the plugins you need and remove the features you don’t.
Different Plugins for Different Types of Optimizations
Picking the right plugins for the right kind of optimizations is key to driving traffic and more importantly, increasing conversions. You can read this article from WPengine to see which plugins they picked for the distinct types of optimizations.
- Speed Optimization
- Image Optimization
- Conversion Optimization
- Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
SilverTech is a WPengine Partner
Yes, there are WP-free and inexpensive plugin options and knowing which plugins to choose is complicated. Tackling your WP website on your own is a huge investment of dollars and time as well as a risk. To actively manage your WP website, it is best to utilize an experienced partner to update and manage your plugins, WP versions, and data security. We are here to help you minimize the risk, contact us to learn more about our advanced WordPress capabilities.